Jerry Spinelli: Maniac Magee



Ranger left it out for me My copy will return to the streets just like Magee himself and hopefully find the hands of someone lse in need of a little hope This book is one of my favorite books to use when I work with students It approaches the concept of race and racism through the Passage Through Crisis eyes of someone that just wants to make friends and doesn t understand why people would treat others differently just because of their looks It also treats the main character as a whole person and shows the turmoil he goes through while dealing with the loss of loved ones and the sadness and depression that can result from that Students need to see books that don t gloss over the dark side of life but show how a character can go through the darkness and come out the other side by making friends and building relationships It also introduces the idea that a family doesn t just have to be those you are related to but can be those people who want you to come home and are genuinely interested and delighted in having you in their life In summary this book can be used to broach a lot of different subjects with students from racism to dealing with death I have personally recommended this boo. If a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle foright years he decides to run and not just run.

Maniac loved the colors of the East End the people colorsFor the life of him he couldn t figure why these East Enders called themselves black He kept looking and looking and the colors he found were gingersnap and light fudge and dark fudge and acorn and butter rum and cinnamon and burnt orange But never licorice which to him was real blackOh you precious little freakI don t really follow the thought that if people stopped talking about color Last week I came across a pile of free books on the groundall copies of MANIAC MAGEE I took one knowing it was supposed to be good but knowing nothing of the plot It made me cry three times twice because of the actual story of a homeless boy who brings together the white and black sides of a small town but I cried the hardest because it felt so poignant given the sad craziness in the country right now I don t talk politics online mostly because my own personal believe system is simply don t be a jerk and if you are nice to people it ll spread but if you know a kid or really anyone who is sad and confused by what happened in FergusonStaten Island this book is a great place to start the conversation Thank you to whatever st. A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs Jeffrey Lionel Maniac Magee might have lived a normal life.

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K to help a boy I worked with deal with his dad s passing and it helped him a lot since he could see how someone went through the same Science, Technology and Culture emotions as him and how that character found the light again after This book is great for upperlementary school and The Road to Einsteins Relativity even into middle school when used properly I HATED ITPlot A little boy named Maniac s parents had a tragic death He lives with his stupid aunt and uncle who should get a divorce During a march of the animals or whatever school play he shouts like Harry in the fifth and runs into the onion smelling night He lives with animals andats animal food He is not very happy o He meets an old guy who used to play baseball He dies Maniac lives with animals again Black Boy etc DON T READ IT I really didn tnjoy this book I feel like the story didn t really go anywhere Spinelli tried to touch on issues of racial prejudice and poverty and let the Nighttime Sweethearts exsistance of those issues carry his story It didn t work However because there are touchy issues it becomes a story that isn tasy to complain about However I ll be brave nough to say I didn t like it As a personal note I do not find this novel appropriate for children still in gradeschoo. Away but run This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

When Jerry Spinelli was a kid he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player Lucky for us he became a writer insteadHe grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University He has published than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildrenJerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his